Day of joy

July 7th, 2012


Just a few hours after I asked you to consider helping Jon and Jennifer Menges meet their goal of being fully funded, they reached the finish line!  This means the donor who offered them matching funds also donated $500 to another adopting family!

Thank you with all my heart to everyone who gave to help them!






I just now checked Mike and Gail Kenyon’s blog, and found that many wonderful people took time to send Ana birthday wishes!  You all are the best!  Thank you!!!  And thank you to everyone who remembers to pray for them throughout their long trip home today and tonight!

From Ana

Thank you, everybody, for the birthday wishes!  My mommy and daddy really enjoyed reading through each comment. They are going to print out all of my birthday wishes and put them in my scrapbook for me so I will always have them.  They told me that a lot of people are praying for us to make it home safely.  I am really glad about that. Because even though I don’t know what home is yet, Mommy and Daddy say that it is a really good place and that I am going to love it! They say that I have two brothers at home and a lot of other family and friends that love me! So, I think that going home sounds good. So next time I write, I will be in the U.S.A.







We received one of those emails that was a needed confirmation to us that the time I put into blogging and emailing is worth it.  Remember when I posted a link to show you the sort of place where Tommy will end up if he is not adopted in time?  It was a link to the Bible Orphan Ministry website.

I have been so impressed with the Christlikeness of the young woman who writes the blog.  Her name is Alla, and she grew up in Eastern European orphanages.  Along with a few others, she now spends her life ministering to the needs of other human beings living in government-run institutions, especially the human beings most people think are without value–those with cognitive disabilities like Katie and Verity.

She told us yesterday that after I posted that link, about a thousand people visited their blog and some became monthly sponsors.

This ministry runs on a shoestring budget, and these added monthly donations will make a significant difference to the real people they are serving.

My friends.  We are awed by your response.  Thank you.






Guess who came to dinner last night?!


Day after endless, empty day, these two little girls lay in beds a few feet away from each other on the “hopeless” floor of the Pleven baby house, without enough love and food to help them grow.  In this photo, they are letting us know that they approve of our supper plans and not our photography plans, haha.


My precious sister in Christ, Stephanie Carpenter.  Over the past year and eight months, God has strongly knit our hearts and paths together with a love for Him and for very needy orphans with severe developmental delays.  Children who desperately need to come home.

Katie, age 10, home 8 months, gained 18 lbs; Lina, age 5 1/2, home 1 month, gained 5 lbs.


Left to right, Susanna holding Katie, Stephanie holding Lina and Ellianna, Laura holding Avi, and the Carpenters’ oldest daughter, Sasha.

Katie and Lina were adopted from Pleven, Bulgaria, Ellianna was adopted from Taiwan, Avi was adopted from the Philippines, and Sasha was adopted from Russia.  All four of the Carpenters’ daughters have cerebral palsy, ranging from very mild to very severe, and they hope to go back to the Philippines next for their fifth daughter, who is very needy and in poor shape.


I’m not sure it would be possible to find more pure motherly joy in one spot as was in our home last night, seeing our two Pleven survivor-girls together.

Enormously blessed.



And to top the day off…



Big two-year-old Verity decided it was high time she showed us what she could do.









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11 Responses to “Day of joy”

  1. stephanie says:

    Hi dear sister,

    What a great post!!!   What a great night!!!!  I just sent you an album of the photos we took…I think your got better!!!  LOVE YOU dearly sister!!


  2. Susan says:

    What grand news, all-around! Thank you so much for sharing so much…

    Susan in Ky
    Cousin to 2 from EE  

  3. Deanna Rabe says:

    Joy indeed!
    Go Verity!  Big girl!  She’ll be dancing with us in no time!
    How wonderful to have that time together with your friend Stephanie and her family!

  4. Missy says:

    Hooray for Verity. What a big girl! 

  5. Sonya Vande Velde says:

    What a wonderful, joyFULL post!!! Thrilled to see Lina home and just like Katie, thriving on the love and nuture of her family!  I’m so glad your families had time to spend together in your home. 

    And little Verity…walking!!!  Praises to God!  And how precious the way she softly says, “Did it!”  Yes, Verity, You are made in the image of God and You Can Do All things through Him!

    God bless you all. 

  6. Gail Kenyon says:

    I love, love, love the pictures of you and Steph and the girls!

    And, go Verity!!!!! What a sweetie!  

  7. sabrina says:

    I love the pictures of you and Stephanie and your girls!! And the video of Verity is precious. SO cute! I love her whispering.

    Thank you for sharing more details about the Bible Orphan Ministry. The encouragement and support is such a blessing to them. 

  8. Joleigh says:

    Once again, you provided my cry for the day.  I can’t believe how great Lina looks after just a month!  Amazing.  And it’s even more of a joy to see Katie pics now that I’ve met her.  Clara sends her love.  Would you believe she’s made great strides since our time together at the convention, and is going down happily for naps and bedtime and talking up a storm?  I think it was all of the love floating in the air around us. :)  Blessings to you and it was so much fun to see these pictures.  Thanks for posting!

  9. Holly F. says:

    “Joyful” is the perfect word for this post!!  Especially loved the pictures and video.  Go Verity!

  10. Jane says:

    First off, GO VERITY!
    How wonderful to hear that families are being helped as they go to rescue more babes!  And how amazing to see the Mussers and the Carpenters together!  What blessings abounded at that family dinner.  Completely affirming. Thank you for letting all of us in on that evening.  Much love from California.

  11. Amy Rainey says:

    How wonderful to see Lina & Katie together!!! Praise God for what He has done and for what He is doing!

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